By Mary Fox

The Town of Great Valley’s Board dedicated its Monday, March 9, meeting to the memory of Fred Plunk, a long-time owner of the former King’s Market in Great Valley.

Town Supervisor Dan Brown began the meeting with a discussion about the review of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, which will include language related to solar panels and establishing a “Mining District” in the town.

“We must address new [solar] technology since the comprehensive plan was last reviewed,” said Brown, but added that “there is a difference between solar panels for residential use and using them to sell energy to the grid.”

Brown also said that “creating a mining district for Great Valley would place the responsibility away from us and into the hands of the DEC.”

Planning Board Chair Chris Schena was asked to develop the solar panel and mining district rules as part of that board’s discussion of the comprehensive plan at meetings scheduled for March 11 and April 8. A public hearing will be held at the next regular Town Board meeting on April 13 at 7 p.m. to allow public comment on all recommended changes.

In other business, the town received two bids for lawn mowing this season. D&J Landscaping of Salamanca’s bid of $6,500 was accepted.  Areas included are Town Hall, Veterans Park and the cemeteries.

Brown advised the board that the town is continuing efforts to improve water service at the Bonnevale Development following problems created when a water valve failed.

Accountants Jack and Kathy Berry from Berry and Berry Accountants in Franklinville were present to report on the year 2014. “The town is in good fiscal condition with positive reserves,” Jack Berry said.

It was reported that the old church in the Bear Hollow Community at the end of Bear Hollow Road has collapsed. The Highway Department went Tuesday morning to remove debris from the road.

Town Historian Marilyn Siperek has posted pictures of the old building on the “Great Valley History” Facebook page. If you have any information about the history of the building, please respond on the Facebook page or phone her at 945 3161.

She also is looking for historic information about a school house that was across the street from the church.

The next meeting of the Great Valley Board will be Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.